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Tropical Storm Danny Forms

Tropical Storm Danny has formed in the Atlantic after a persistent area of convection associated with a tropical wave finally developed a low level circulation. HurricaneHunter aircrafts performed an investigation on the system yesterday but there was not enough indication of westward winds to declare it a tropical storm.…

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Review of the South African Weather Service Premium Subscription

Well there has been a lot of controversy, primarily on the forums of this site as to the South African Weather Service’s decision to start charging for it’s products. Personally I have been a frequent visitor to the SAWS website since around 2002, I’ve been through the numerous site design templates that were implemented over the past few years, and I too was along the batch of those disappointed in the decision to charge for products which have been free for so long.…

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Mammatus Clouds in New York

http://www.youtube.com/v/Mea9jXGG7XU In similar fashion as to what happened in Cape Town just a few months ago, the media was all over the skies again- but this time in New York. People were rushing out of hotels and apartments into the streets to take pictures of the rare mammatus clouds which at sunset lit up creating an unusual and ominus feel.…

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Cut-off Low Brings Weather Chaos Across Country

As discussed last week, a cut-off low developed over the country on the weekend and with it, has thus far brought fascinating and in some cases chaotic weather conditions with it to many parts of the country. By Sunday snowfall was already seen across much of the Drakensberg, setting the stage for further more intense snowfall overnight and into Monday the 25th, with the cut-off low developing from the upper trough.…

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Cutoff-low and heavy snow 24-26 Jul 2016
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Cutoff-low and heavy snow 24-26 Jul 2016

Numerous model runs have indicated the likely formation of a cutoff-low (COL) over the south-eastern parts of the country between Sun 24th and Tues 26th. All indications are that this system will produce heavy rainfall (> 100mm) in places, and extremely heavy snow (more than a meter) over the Drakensberg and surrounding peaks.…

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Satellite view of snow over Western Cape 2 Jul 2016
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Satellite view of snow over Western Cape 2 Jul 2016

This Morning’s Terra Modis satellite overpass (10.55am on Sat 2nd) gives an excellent view of the snow over the entire Western Cape (and surrounding areas). Falls were very heavy at higher elevations (above 1500m), but very light lower down. The number of mountain ranges with snow cover are too numerous to mention, but include (from N to S, then W to E): Cederberge (Citrusdal), Winterhoek (Tulbagh) and Gydo (Ceres), Brandwacht and Hex River (Worcester) and Matroosberg, Bains Kloof and Du Toits Peak (Paarl), Hottentots Holland and Wemmershoek (Franschhoek), Riviersonderend Mts (Robertson) and Langeberge (Swellendam), Klein and Groot Swartberge (Oudtshoorn), further inland is the Sutherland Plateau.…

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Snow charts 1-2 Jul 2016
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Snow charts 1-2 Jul 2016

This chart from http://www.snow-forecast.com shows the expected 3-day coverage during the passage of the cold-front period between 2am on Fri 1st to 8am on Sat 2nd. Precipitation will vary by location, from heavy (5-10cm+)  in the SW&S-Cape, to much lighter  (1-5cm) inland in the N-Cape, and eventually over parts of KZN.…

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